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What Happens If You Stop Taking Immunosuppressive Drug For Rheumatoid Arthritis
I take immunosuppresive & other drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. Is there severe risk from hand foot and mouth disease if a child in my family has it?
If you are unlucky: Persons on immuno-suppressive meds have a suppressed immune system! they should avoid sick people, if at all possible. Wearing a medical face mask, along with good hand-washing, can help avoid catching viruses. The current coxsackie a6 strain, in the news, is causing worse hand-foot-mouth symptoms than the typical strain. Bad symptoms include high fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, brain problems, etc... ...Read more
Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
In some cases: Minocin (minocycline) can help some people with rheumatoid arthritis. Even though it is an antibiotic its effect in arthritis is felt to be due to its anti-inflammatory effects and interferring with substances that cause joint and cartilage damage called metalloproteinases. ...Read more
Comes back: Rarely does RA go into true remission without getting worse after stopping the immunosuppressives. This is particuarly true for methotrexate. Many people have stopped gold therapy without a return of the arthritis for many years. Occasionally biologics can be stopped after several years of remission but the RA usually returns. ...Read more
See below: He/she may experience a flare in his/her symptoms. Let the doctor know what's going on. ...Read more
Many!: Methotrexate, sulfasalazine, hydroxychloroquine, doxycycline, minocycline, cyclophosphamide, azothioprine and more! then, you have the tnf-alpha drugs: humira, remicade, enbrel, cimzia, and more. Then other biologics: Rituxan and orencia (abatacept). New drugs will shortly be online as well! ...Read more
Does rheumatoid arthritis normally feels better once a person is active (walking around), like symptoms stop but return once still/lying down?
Depends on symptoms: If the disease goes into remission it may be possible to stop medication this is something to discuss with your rheumatologist. If the disease is still active it may harmful to the joints and frankly dangerous to stop your medications abruptly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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